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Neurological Testing

Neuropathy is a condition characterized by damage to a nerve or a group of nerves. It causes functional problems in the affected nerves, including a loss of sensation and difficulty with movement. Neuropathy can cause damage anywhere, as the peripheral nerves branch out from the brain and spinal cord to the muscles, skin and organs throughout the body. The nerves send messages to the brain about sensation and pain in each particular area, so if they are not functioning properly, complications can easily occur.

When neuropathy affects one nerve, it is known as mononeuropathy. When several nerves are affected, it is known as polyneuropathy. Neuropathy may develop as a result of a nerve disease, chronic repetitive motion or as a side effect of an illness or medication. Most forms of neuropathy progress gradually and symptoms often occur symmetrically on both sides of the body. Less frequently, neuropathy will have an acute onset with sudden, rapidly-forming symptoms.

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